“That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.” —Doctrine & Covenants 121:36
“Because of His atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ has the power and authority to redeem all mankind. To make His atoning power accessible, He has delegated a portion of His power and authority to men on earth. This delegated power and authority is called priesthood.” —Dale G. Renlund
This Day in LDS History
1839: Joseph Smith and Elias Higbee have an interview with U.S. president Martin Van Buren concerning the wrongs suffered by the Saints in Missouri and are told, ‘Gentleman, your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you…If I take up for you I shall lose the vote of Missouri.’
1947: The First Presidency announces to the saints in North America that the regular December fast day will be dedicated to relieving the suffering of the people in Europe resulting from Europeans of all faith b an agency not connected with the church.
1959: In Los Angeles, California, at the first televised awards show of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is given a Grammy Award for its recording of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’